Cooperativa Vitivinicola da Ilha do Pico Terras de Lava Branco 2020

Cooperativa Vitivinicola da Ilha do Pico Terras de Lava Branco 2020
Cooperativa Vitivinicola da Ilha do Pico Terras de Lava Branco 2020
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Cooperativa Vitivinicola da Ilha do Pico Terras de Lava Branco 2020

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A beautiful introduction to the wines of Ilha do Pico. Crisp and briny, with bright citrus fruit and savory herbs. The wine is a greenish-yellow color. On the palate, it has volume, freshness and minerality. The finish is enveloping, salty and persistent. Stunning! 70% Arinto dos Açores; 30% combined Fernão Pires, Verdejo, Moscatel. Aged 4 months on the lees in stainless steel.

Situated on the volcanic island of Pico, this cooperative is the largest and oldest winery in the Azores. This isn’t any run-of-the-mill cooperative either, but a high-level artisan winery using grapes from the local growers. In fact, the wines have long had an international reputation – it’s reported that in 1917, bottles of Verdelho do Pico were found in the cellar of Czar Nicolas II!

The vines are grown on small volcanic black rocks (biscoitos) and are surrounded by stone walls called currais. The rocks heat up in the sun, helping the grapes ripen, while the walls protect the vineyards from the elements. The Azores, an island chain in the middle of the Atlantic, has what you might call an “extreme maritime climate.” And of course, Mount Pico is always visible in the background. This dormant volcano (last eruption 1970) is Portugal’s highest point.

Ilha do Pico boasts some of the most unique vineyards seen anywhere, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage region. Of course, we wouldn’t be representing this producer just based on pretty scenery - rest assured the wines are just as beautiful as the place where they are made.
SKU

PJ00155

COUNTRY

Portugal

TYPE

White

VINTAGE

2020

VOLUME

.750L